Main Street Media of Tennessee, the parent company of The Wilson Post, has announced the promotions of two employees at its Lebanon-based newspaper.
Managing Editor Zack Owensby has been promoted to director of operations for Main Street Media of Tennessee.
Wilson Post Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett, who has worked with Main Street Media since 2012, will take over as editor of the newspaper.
Main Street Media of Tennessee, owned by Dave and Ellen Gould, operates publications in Wilson, Robertson, Rutherford and Sumner counties under the titles The Murfreesboro Post, Mature Lifestyles of Tennessee, The Hendersonville Standard, The Gallatin News, The White House Connection, The Portland Sun, The Robertson County Connection and Bargain Browser.
Owensby has served as managing editor of The Wilson Post since 2014, following former editor Jennifer Horton's retirement.
In his new position, Owensby will oversee the production staff, copy desks, distribution, digital and technology practices for Main Street Media publications in all four counties.
"I'm very excited to step into my new role with Main Street Media of Tennessee, helping to strengthen each of our eight weekly publications," Owensby said. "My goal is to allow each person within our organization to focus on their strengths, which will result in better news coverage for our readers. I believe our staff in each county is the best in the industry. I want to help them tell the stories that our readers love to see, whether it's through great graphic design, increased depth and breadth of news coverage or delivering it in new ways."
Owensby has worked with Main Street Media since 2005. Two years after starting, he earned a Masters of Education degree. He taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for two years before returning to Main Street Media in 2009 as a graphic designer.
During his time with the company he's served in various roles - from graphic designer to photographer to staff writer to production manager, in addition to those of managing editor and director of operations.
"Zack has been working for our company for several years in a variety of different roles," said owner Dave Gould. "He has done an excellent job as editor of The Wilson Post, and now I'm excited to see how we can put all his skills to use in his new role to help the entire company."
Owensby will continue to manage special projects including chamber of commerce magazines, special sections and promotions, working closely with the Director of Advertising Mary Ella Hazelwood to make sure these campaigns integrate with normal production schedules.
Garrett formerly worked as a reporter for The Lebanon Democrat from 2008 until she was recruited by Main Street Media in the fall of 2012. Garrett created The Wilson Post's "Woman of Wilson" column and organized a Woman of Wilson Luncheon for honorees the last two years.
"Sabrina has been covering Wilson County for many years and knows what makes this county tick. She also has a very good understanding of the important role The Post plays. As the only county-wide newspaper, we have a special responsibility to be the eyes and ears of citizens throughout Wilson County and to be a watchdog," Gould explained. "Sabrina takes that responsibility very seriously, and I'm confident she will do an outstanding job as editor of The Post."
"I am very grateful to Dave and Ellen Gould for this opportunity," said Garrett. "Lebanon is my hometown and where I am raising my son, J.R. I'm very fortunate to have a job I love. Writing for The Post has introduced me to every part of our community and the great people who live and work here."
Garrett explained that The Wilson Post staff cares about the community.
"Each day I'm blessed to work with creative people like Zack, our photographer Dallus Whitfield, designer Carrie Tomlin and more. We are the home team, and I think that's reflected in The Post. It's a true community paper, and it's an honor to step into the role of editor."
Owensby added, "Wilson County has been the flagship for our company, and I have confidence the team here will continue to do great work. News is always about the people. Sabrina has been an integral part of our news organization and the community for years, so I have no doubt she will continue to successfully guide The Wilson Post as editor. Brian Harville, Tommy Bryan, Dallus Whitfield, Laurie Everett, Ken Beck and our other contributors are all veterans of Wilson County news and comprise one of the best staffs and top newspapers in the state. It's because of their strengths and stability that I am able to make this move into the new position confidently."